Readers Alert: Following publication of the Daily Tech post referenced below, the American Physical Society issued a statement saying it had not reversed its position on "human-induced global warming."
You can read it here where I also offer some brief comments on the matter.
Daily Tech headlines: Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate
DT’s story follows with my comments below the star line - - -
The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. (all emphasis added)
The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming "incontrovertible."
In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,
"There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution."The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity -- the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause -- has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling.
A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.
Larry Gould, Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford and Chairman of the New England Section of the APS, called Monckton's paper an "expose of the IPCC that details numerous exaggerations and "extensive errors."
In an email to DailyTech, Monckton says,
"I was dismayed to discover that the IPCC's 2001 and 2007 reports did not devote chapters to the central 'climate sensitivity' question, and did not explain in proper, systematic detail the methods by which they evaluated it. When I began to investigate, it seemed that the IPCC was deliberately concealing and obscuring its method."According to Monckton, there is substantial support for his results, "in the peer-reviewed literature, most articles on climate sensitivity conclude, as I have done, that climate sensitivity must be harmlessly low."
Monckton, who was the science advisor to Britain's Thatcher administration, says natural variability is the cause of most of the Earth's recent warming. "In the past 70 years the Sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years ... Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth."
A hat tip to Mike Williams who called the DT story to my attention. Somehow my local liberal/leftist newspaper, the Raleigh News & Observer, missed it.
I suspect most of MSM will ignore or grossly underreport this most important story.
A really big hat tip goes to frequent commenter Jack in Silver Springs. He’s been spot on about “human-induced global warming” and has in many detailed, well-written comments here informed JinC readers on the subject while the Al Gores, Nancy Pelosis and Barack Obamas have been misinforming the broader public.
What’s most important about the APS’s reversal for those of us who value Western Civilization and the scientific method based on free inquiry is this: The APS’s reversal is an overdue step back by APS from a possible embrace of fascist-like ideologues who’ve proclaimed “human-induced global warming” a settled matter and, in some instances, actually advocated punishments for those scientists who challenged it.
Copernicus and Galileo would approve of what the APS has just done.